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John Hammond with Billy Hector
As musical pedigrees go, they don’t come much more awesome
than being the son of legendary record man and activist John H. Hammond — the
same Hammond who’s credited with discovering everyone from Basie to Billie
Holliday, Bob Dylan to the Boss. That said, John Paul Hammond has indisputably
forged a name for himself as a master blues guitarist — a Grammy winning purist
whose recording career of 50-plus years attests to his laserlike focus and disdain
of musical fad or fashion, even as he’s racked up successful collaborations
with the likes of Tom Waits, Dr. John, Duane Allman, Robbie Robertson, and G.
With acoustic blues having been rediscovered — as it has
been every so often, by a new generation of fans — Hammond stands uniquely
poised to “show them how it’s done” when he takes the stage of the Pollak
Theatre, a room that’s been praised as a premier venue for acoustic guitarists.
The Blues Hall of Famer who once boasted both Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix in his band remains an artist with impeccable
taste in music, his instrument, and the audience he plays to.
Opening the show will be local living legend and award-winning blues guitarist and songwriter Billy Hector.